Half of UK adults (51%) help a nationwide two-week lockdown beginning in December in response to Omicron, in line with new polling by Savanta ComRes. Help is highest in London (58%), the place instances are reportedly larger than different elements of the nation.
General, one third (32%) oppose a lockdown, rising to nearly two in 5 2019 Conservative voters (38%), though nearly half of Conservatives do additionally help the thought (48%).
Of particular restrictions examined, the closing of nightclubs (63%) and stopping massive crowds at sporting and leisure occasions (64%) have the best ranges of help, with only one in 5 opposing every (20% and 22% respectively).
Different restrictions examined such because the closing of pubs and eating places (44% help), no indoor mixing of various households (44% help), solely permitting individuals to depart their house for important procuring, train, and work (47% help), and the ‘rule of six’ indoors (55% help) all had comparatively excessive ranges of help.
|Closing pubs & eating places||No indoor mixing of households||Solely allowed to depart home for important procuring, train & work||Stopping crowds at massive sporting and leisure occasions||Closing nightclubs||‘Rule of six’ indoors|
Additionally within the polling, nearly half of UK adults (48%) say that they’re more likely to cancel deliberate gatherings or different social events within the subsequent two weeks on account of the Omicron variant. Two in 5 say that they don’t seem to be probably to do that (42%).
The proportion who’re more likely to cancel plans on account of Omicron rises to half of these aged 18-34 (50%), and three in 5 of these in London (62%), larger than anyplace else within the UK.
Chris Hopkins, Political Analysis Director at Savanta ComRes stated, “The Omicron variant seems set to drive the hand of the federal government and, as issues stand, it appears the general public are braced for an additional Christmas of disruptions and restrictions. With half showing in help of a lockdown amid rising instances, the Prime Minister once more seems to have the general public on his facet if he does determine to make last-minute modifications to the festive interval.
“Regardless of this, although, help has dropped just a little from final 12 months, the place we discovered nearly two-thirds supported the discount in ‘Christmas bubbles’ from 5 days to only one, and 73% supported the introduction of ‘Tier 4’, limiting Christmas restrictions to only one family for individuals in these areas. Sure, public help for such draconian measures should be excessive, however some are positively much less eager this 12 months than they had been final.”